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An English teacher at a Secondary School in the UK. * Sharing and questioning the day job. * I teach KS3/4/5.
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LuzInterruptus, an anonymous light artists collective, demonstrates the power of the written word in their latest installment, “Light vs. Traffic”. In this symbolic gesture, “literature took control of the streets and became the conquerer of the public space”. This road of books is a great reminder that our stories are part of an important journey that can send a powerful message. 


'I love to read…'

'I love to read…'

(via stainedglasslife)


one hundred and forty two (by i am not Ana)

Beautiful book cover

(via stainedglasslife)

Creative writing prompt

(via kingunderthecarpark)

I recently discovered this useful website, which enables you to create games to use in the classroom. Revision/ teacher-led activities etc. All good fun :)

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Valentine, Carol Ann Duffy (via goodnightseattle)

This poem is one of my favourite to teach; it raises so many questions about what it means to love, and Duffy’s style is so imaginative and the language is so rich.


123 Ideas for Character Flaws



Character Flaws

  1. Absent-minded - Preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one’s immediate surroundings. Abstracted, daydreaming, inattentive, oblivious, forgetful.
  2. Abusive -…



Three plots and fairies bungle everything.


Rape, dismemberment, murder, madness, bastards, cannibalism. 


99 problems and witches are three.  

(via kingunderthecarpark)